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IMAX Powers Tron: Legacy

IMAX (Nasdaq: IMAX) hasn't lost its touch, and that touch might be turning to gold based on weekend results of Disney's (NYSE: DIS) Tron: Legacy.

'Narnia' takes No. 1 spot at box office

Los Angeles -- "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," directed by Michael Apted, took in $24.5 million during the weekend for the No. 1 U.S. spot.

"The Tourist," starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, settled into the No. 2 spot with $17 million at the weekend box office.

The animated "Tangled" was a strong No. 3 with more than $14.55 million.
All estimated gross box office figures are from the studios via Box Office Mojo.

Cooling down a little bit was "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," No. 4 for the weekend with $8.5 million.

'Tangled' takes over from 'Harry' at No. 1

Los Angeles -- The animated "Tangled," with the voice of Mandy Moore, was No. 1 at the U.S. box office during the weekend with $21.5 million.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" was No. 2 with more than $16.73 million, knocked down after two weekends at No. 1. "Burlesque," with Cher and Christina Aguilera, was No. 3 with $6.1 million.

All estimated gross receipts by the studios are via Box Office Mojo.

'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' tops box office this weekend

Warner Bros. Pictures’ has managed to add yet another feather to its cap with its latest installment in its ever popular 'Harry Potter' series, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.'

Harry Potter Understands QE2


Economists, politicians, and taxidermists have been all a-twitter over the past couple weeks with talk about Ben Bernanke's latest gambit to kick-start the U.S. economy, QE2. The general consensus is that Ben Bernanke is out of his mind, blindly driving the U.S. economy off a cliff.

'Potter' conjures $24M at midnight shows

Los Angeles -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," the seventh installment in the fantasy film franchise, earned $24 million in North American midnight screenings.

The figure represents the box-office take at 3,700 theaters in the United States and Canada for midnight Thursday showings, The Hollywood Reporter said.

It falls short of the $30 million record "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" set for its midnight-screening haul June 30.

The final "Potter" film is to open in July.

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Owls said suffering due to 'Potter' books

New Delhi -- A crisis in India involving endangered owl species has some putting the blame at the feet of the Harry Potter books and movies, environmentalists say.

India's Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh says the country's population has become infatuated with owls as a result of the book series and films, and many parents have bought wild owls from illegal bird traders to give to their children as pets, reported Wednesday.

"Following Harry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls," Ramesh said.

Owls are featured in the books and films delivering mail to Harry and the other young wizards.

Purdue to host Quidditch tournament

West Lafayette, Ind. -- Indiana's Purdue University said schools sending teams to a "Harry Potter" inspired sporting tournament include Ohio State and Loyola University Chicago.

Organizers of the Quidditch tournament said teams from Purdue, Ohio State University, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois State University, Ball State University, Bowling Green State University, Carthage College, Miami of Ohio and Transylvania University are expected to participate in the Sunday event.

The rugby-like game was invented by author J.K. Rowling for the "Harry Potter" series of novels. The game, as outlined in the books, involves flying on brooms, but the real-world players said they will be riding their brooms on the ground.

J.K. Rowling says more Harry Potter books are possible

Potter fans rejoice! J.K. Rowling has hinted that more Harry Potter books could be coming. Talking to US television chat show host Oprah Winfrey, Rowling said that she cried uncontrollably when she finished the last book of the hit series, and revealed that a lot more is still in her head.

'Harry Potter' ride modified for obese

Orlando, Fla. -- Florida's Universal Orlando Resort said it has altered some seats on its "Harry Potter"-themed roller coaster to accommodate larger passengers.

ABC News reported some larger patrons had complained safety devices were too tight to fully close -- the only ride in the park on which they could not fit.

"Ever since it opened, there has been some discussion about how people couldn't ride," said Matt Roseboom, editor-in-chief of Orlando Attractions Magazine, which reported the change during the weekend.

Test seats at the start of the line that previously told larger park-goers they were too large for the ride now direct them to a special row of seats designed for bigger riders.